Saturday, October 3, 2015
Posted by el duque at 6:55 AM
Whoever we face, they'll go into the one game playoff playing far better ball than we have been.
I thought this was baseball. Since when did we become the NFL? If we're doing one game playoffs, why not have a 64 team bracket, including Triple A. Have the Final Four, or maybe a double-elimination round robin. One game? Since when does baseball decide something, anything, on a one game playoff?
One game. It's not right. If Tanaka has a stinker, three runs in the first - our season is over. If we go 0 for 10 with runners on base, as we are prone to do, the season is history. If Headley sails one into the stands, or if Beltran gets hypnotized watching flies drop in front of him... if Chasen Shreve comes in, under any circumstances... if Betances can't find the plate... if, if, if... so many ways we can lose this one stinking game... if any one of them lands upon us, or if we're just unlucky... it's over.
Right now, it's Houston. Right now, it's Dallas Keuchel, who won his 20th last night. He'll pitch on three days rest, (for the first time ever.) The guy has thrown 16 shutout innings against us this season. He's been untouchable. He's a lefty. We die against lefties. In a three game series, they couldn't throw just lefties. In a five game series, we'd expose their bullpen. In a seven game series, all our advantages would have a chance to emerge.
Or it could be California. We will face Trout. It'll be like when we faced Josh Hamilton, four years ago, in his prime, last time we made the playoffs. Every time he comes up, I'll hide behind the couch. California would throw a lefty against us. Doesn't matter who he is. We die against lefties.
Minnesota lost last night. Damn. I want the Twins. Phil Hughes isn't a lefty. Give us the Twins, juju gods. It shouldn't be much to ask. After all, it's just one game.